Chitipa DC makes Tanzania green

Chitipa District Commissioner, Grace Zione Chirwa finished 2015 calendar year in a style as she led a delegation which  comprising district council sector heads, local  NGOs representatives, councillors  and members from business community  in joining officials from Ileje District  in Tanzania in a special tree planting exercise, Thursday , December 31.

Senyamule in red top gear addresses officials, as Chirwa listens, after tree planting exercise
Senyamule in red top gear addresses officials, as Chirwa listens, after tree planting exercise
Chirwa plants a tree
Chirwa plants a tree

The exercise which took place at the bank of Songwe River, adjacent to Isongole Trading Center, marked the launch of  tree planting season in Ileje, which will run for three months , according to District Commissioner for Ileje, Rosemary Sitaki Senyamule, who presided over the  function.

Tree planting exercise was one of  Chirwa ‘s  first engagement before cheering the  orphans at non residential orphan Care Center and treated to a nocturnal end of the year festival held  at Radwell Hall, both  at Ileje District  Headquarters

Chirwa said she led a delegation from Chitipa to participant in tree planting exercise in Tanzania as  a sign of solidarity in fighting  problems that impinge on people of the two districts.

Said Chirwa, “ We are taking advantage of our cordial relationship to jointly plan and implement small scale activities that can alleviate challenges which negatively affect livelihood of our people of the two districts.

Senyamule said the launch of tree planting exercise was done at  Songwe River back as an intervention to protect  Songwe River bridge, connecting Ileje and Chitipa Districts, which is in the verge of being swept away by strong floods.

For years, the floods have been eating bare and weak river bank, especially at Tanzanian  side,  to the extent that the embankment  is no longer strong to support the overused  barley bridge.

Chirwa observed that the duty to protect  Songwe River bank to ensure safety and survival of the bridge  can not be left in the hands of Ileje District a lone.

“There is need for joint efforts to protect the river bank  because challenges that will arise as a result  of collapsing  of the bridge will seriously torment the people of two sides who depend on the facility for their socioeconomic activities,” said Chirwa.

At the tree planting ceremony, Ileje District Commissioner, Senyamule appealed to people of Isongole to ensure that  the planted trees are always safe from livestock and other malpractices that render them prone to destruction .

She warned, “These trees have been planted for a noble cause. Keep your animals away.  The law will take its full course on anyone found abusing the trees in  whatever manner.”

Just in 30 munities,   charged  officials planted  500 trees of two  scientific species of  Ficus Sycomarus and Ramrolff..

However, much as Chirwa commended efforts by her counterpart to afforest the river bank, she also urged   launch of a joint awareness campaign to sensitize people of the two districts on the need to refrain from cultivating right  in the banks of Songwe River and its catchment area.

Chirwa added that mismanagement of the river bank and its catchment area causes devastating floods, which in other areas, force the river to annually change its course, resulting into displacement of people who lose land and animals in the process.

Said Chirwa,” Most  land disputes registered from people living a long the Songwe River originate from change of river course as the natural occurrence disposes people of their land and other precious belongings”.

Chirwa, then  hailed  government of Tanzania, that just like Malawi, it has also launched  an annual tree planting season, an initiative, she noted was Key in conserving environment to mitigate negative effects of climate change, which has not spared either country.

During  a joint  party  in the  midnight of December 31, the two lady DCs echoed  each other in describing get -together end of the year event as key in further cementing  cordial relationship between people of  the two districts.

Chirwa and Senyamule drew applause from jam-packed hall when, tossed in the frenzy, in turns, they vowed never to drop  the event as long as they were still serving as district commissioners and have the blessings of their authorities.

Lat year,  Senyamule led a high powered delegation to Chitipa District  to join in cerebrating end of the year festival  and New Year’s Day held at Chitipa Secondary School Hall, ostensibly  due to lack of viable motels to accommodate a larger group of visitors at the Boma.

This is the third time for people of the two district to cerebrate New Year’s Day together. Chitipa officials  have gone to Ileje twice now.–Mana

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Concerned Citizen
Concerned Citizen
5 years ago

Tanzania is the place it is happening. Three months tree planting. They mean buisiness. Definitely they will not have rain fall problems as we are facing.

Victor Kanyema
Victor Kanyema
5 years ago

Thats an inspiring initiative to learn from..

5 years ago

Is this the same DC who is fighting against being transferred and demotated from her position?

swiswiri mbewa
swiswiri mbewa
5 years ago

Commendable initiatives by the two lady DCs

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